Non-invasive prenatal genetic testing NIPT is a method that uses maternal blood to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities and other characteristics in early pregnancy, with no risks for the fetus. This makes it a promising method from both a medical and ethical perspective, because prenatal diagnosiscontinue reading
A new era in genomics research. Whole genome sequencing of a human chromosome is obtained for the first time
Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), have managed to produce the first end-to-end DNA sequence of a human chromosome. The whole genome sequencing results were recently published in the journal Nature (read HERE) "Thiscontinue reading
COVID-19 vaccines distribution a current bioethics problem. In this respect, a social enterprise has been established in the United Kingdom to promote the production and
Animal testing. A topic under discussion is whether neurons in human adults can regenerate. Now, a paper published in eLife and discussed in Science shows
Science journal published an article entitled "Authors, elite journals under fire after major retractions" reports, the first COVID-19 scientific fraud has been detected. In fact,
Solid-organ transplantation activity has decreased even in regions where COVID-19 prevalence was low, suggesting a global effect beyond the local COVID-19 prevalence. A recent article
The Catholic University of Valencia was founded on 8th of December 2003, the “youngest” of the Spanish Catholic universities. On 20th September 2006, the Institute of Life Sciences was constituted within the University itself, and within it, the Bioethics Observatory.
The Observatory has a website in Spanish that was created on Decembre 2007 (see HERE), and we are now starting a new chapter with our website in English, given the importance of this language in the field of bioethical research.
Our website includes “Special reports”, based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the world’s top medical and scientific journals, such as the biological and anthropological status of the human embryo, matters regarding the end of life, especially euthanasia, assisted suicide and palliative care, and also some of the issues that are currently giving rise to major debates, including: assisted reproduction, surrogacy, use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill, transsexuality, genome editing, synthetic biology, production of human-animal chimeras for medical purposes and transhumanism.
Special Reports includes extensive reference material on these topics, which is constantly updated as new information becomes available. It is also a dynamic means of communication with our readers to reflect on these issues.